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Aquaponics: Combining hydroponics with aquaculture

May 21, 2017
Wilson Lennard

Learn a method to produce hydroponic nutrient mixture and strength analogues in an aquaponic environment at the coming Apex-Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) biennial conference and trade show to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017. Read More »

Final days for PCA conference ‘Early Bird’ discount

May 9, 2017
Apex-Brinkman PCA Conference

Final days for Early Bird discount (expires Sunday 14 May) for Australia’s premier protected cropping industry event. The Apex Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference and trade show will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017. The event is expected to attract delegates and exhibitors throughout Australasia, Asia, North America and Europe. Read More »

What are good management practices for media-based systems?

May 9, 2017
Rick Donnan

Thanks for your answer highlighting the importance of measuring the run-off solution from media-based systems (Reader Inquiries April 2017) and your detailed description of how to do this. Are there other management issues for media-based systems that hydroponic growers need to be aware of?

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Medicinal cannabis presentation

May 1, 2017
Mike Nichols

One of the highlights of the coming Apex–Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference is a presentation on medicinal cannabis by eminent horticulture researcher, Dr Mike Nichols. His presentation will focus on the various types of cannabis and examine some of their different medical properties.  Read More »

Consumers choose health

April 30, 2017
PH&G Managing Editor

Welcome to this issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. Natural medicine has long held that blueberries provide health benefits. Native to North America, they are rich in proanthocyanidin, and believed to help in the fight against cancer and obesity as well as promoting glowing skin. Blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, containing vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and a broad range of antioxidants. On the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score – a lab test that attempts to quantify the total antioxidant capacity of a food – blueberries rate 9,621, making them one of the highest antioxidant foods available.  Read More »

Stellar speaker line-up

April 22, 2017
Protected Cropping Australia

The Apex–Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia  (PCA) conference and trade exhibition, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017, has a stellar line-up of speakers specialising in hydroponic, greenhouse, aquaponic and high-tech growing systems. This biennial national industry event, which includes a two-day technical program, a trade expo and farm tours, is a great opportunity to learn about the latest growing technology and management practices. The event is expected to attract growers, industry experts and allied trade suppliers throughout Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America. Read More »

Reciprocal recognition of food safety with USA

April 18, 2017

Australian exporters are in a significantly stronger position as preferred suppliers of safe, high quality food to the United States of America (USA) after the signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement this month. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources head of exports, Greg Read, said the agreement was the third the USA had undertaken with a trading partner and provided for the USA and Australia to recognise one another’s food safety and regulatory systems as comparable. Read More »